Beamish Transport Gala

10th to 11th September

From fire engines to Fords, traction engines to tractors, steam engines to Sentinels, there’ll be lots of amazing vehicles on show at Beamish’s Transport Gala, Saturday, 10th & Sunday, 11th September 2022!
William Foster & Co. Traction Engine, 'SPRIG'

William Foster & Co. Traction Engine, ‘SPRIG’. Photo – N.Bosworth.

Highlights include:

  • William Foster & Co. Traction Engine, SPRIG will be visiting Beamish. Built in 1920, it was owned by the Willey family farm at Chopwell, around 10 miles from the museum. Sometime in the 1930s it was sold to Mr. Whitfield of West Auckland, and by 1939 it was in Lincolnshire. It passed through several owners before passing into it’s current ownership.
  • Visiting 1915 Dennis Aberdeen fire engine travelling around the museum.
  • A selection of road steam locomotives including Fowler ‘Providence’, Clayton and Shuttleworth ‘Louise’, Foden steam lorry ‘Cestria’, Aveling & Porter 5499, Fowler ‘Astonisher’ and Armstrong Whitworth ‘Albert’.
  • Selection of visiting vintage vehicles including cars, motorcycles, bikes, lorries and buses.
  • See the home fleet of Beamish locomotives running, including ‘Puffing Billy’ at The 1820s Waggonway and Coffee Pot, Peckett N°1370, ‘Samson’ and ‘Glyder’ on The Colliery railways.
  • The Friends of Beamish will be operating a selection of the museum’s extensive Edwardian cycle and motorcycle collection throughout the event.
  • The museum’s tram and bus fleet will be in service.

As a mark of respect, we’re holding a two minute silence at 1pm on both days during the event this weekend (10th and 11th September). Visitors, staff and volunteers are welcome to join in remembering Her Majesty The Queen.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy this special event.
Visitors need to pre-book for 10am, 11am and 12pm timeslots to help us manage the flow of visitors through our Entrance building during our busiest times, but if you are visiting from 1pm onwards, you can just turn up and won’t need to pre-book (last admission 4pm).

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Beamish reserves the right to alter or change this programme at any point.